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DIY: Patio or indoor vegetable gardening using ‘Alaska grow buckets’

GRN Reports There are dozens of elaborate and simple ways to grow food in small spaces. You can create a raised bed in a custom-built box; garden vertically on a...

GRN Reports

There are dozens of elaborate and simple ways to grow food in small spaces. You can create a raised bed in a custom-built box; garden vertically on a trellis or fence, go with hydroponics in hanging containers, or simply set out veggies in clay pots.

Here’s one way of gardening that’s ambitious, because it can be set up as a system of several containers hooked up to a self-regulating water source, making it possible to grow many plants. But it’s inexpensive and easy to assemble.

This could work in a greenhouse, on a rooftop or a patio or porch — anywhere a soil garden in the outdoors is not feasible. It’s also got appeal for those who want a maximum yield, but want to automate some of the chores, in this case, the watering.

Those of you looking for frugal ideas — and who isn’t? — also may like the Alaska grow buckets, which are inexpensive to make. A bucket, a mesh shopping bag, a colander and some irrigation hose is all you need.

This idea comes to us from Wasilla, AK, a small town that we’ve all heard of, but it can be adapted to almost any place.

Find out more at the Alaska Grow Buckets website. There’s a free download (with a donation option) for full instructions.


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